OK, I was successful in reaching out to John yesterday and have both his phone and address. Over the next few weeks, I will begin putting together food and other stuff for him to take his way by the end of May. This should give people plenty of time if they want to ship something my way so I can take to him.
If anyone wants to contribute software, hardware, etc., I will give my address below where you can send things my direction and I will make sure it gets his way.
I could really use some assistance if someone has the time to put together software for both the Windows side of things as well as on the Geneve side of things. With the Geneve, it would be a floppy only system. I would not plan on anything above DS/SD for a basic non-expanded Geneve. With the Windows side of things, he has a Pentium system with Windows XP. If someone wanted to build a MESS system with HD image for him with some of the latest software, I am sure he would be appreciative. I would have suggested MAME, but with his hardware, I think it would be too slow for him.
In speaking with John, he has such an old Browser on the XP system that websites like Amazon and PayPal refuse to acknowledge so he can not order stuff like medicines, etc. online anymore. If there are current browsers that would support Windows XP, point me to the software and I will download for John. If not, and someone can set up a PI system with Raspian to use a dial-up modem to connect to the internet, I will give John my Raspberry PI and get another one for myself. I would just need the image to get things going for John and a recommendation for a USB to serial cable for the dial up modem.
In talking with John yesterday, I learned he promised to his wife as she was dying in his arms, he would take care of the step children. They are not much better off than he is, and he has much of their "stuff" overwhelming his residence. John's wife was his life, however he cautioned about making some death-bed promises. He is living up to those very difficult challenges as best as he can that he promised to his wife. I know there are challenges with the step daughter, no details. The step son's wife passed away years ago forcing the son to quit work so he could take care of a severely disabled child requiring a nursing assistant at the son's place. Basically, while the nurse was there, that was when the son would sleep or run out and do errands, and then be back home for the other 16 hours to take care of the girl. The daughter eventually passed away I think he said 17 years later after the son's wife had passed. By that time, employment opportunities were not all that great afterwards. The son could have done more for employment, but didn't. Not going to judge the son, as I have not walked in his shoes.
I have not seen his place, but his description sounds of his place sounds like a bit on the hoarding mentality. He indicated he would swap out his non-working normal size refrigerator, however, there is no clear path to get it out. He basically has trails in his home to put things into perspective. While talking with John who is in his 70's, his knowledge and his strong voice, one would have thought you were talking to a much younger man. Very very strong voice.
Anyways, if you want to send stuff my way so I can deliver to John, here is my contact information:
364 Lake Road
Campbellsburg, KY 40011